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‘People You Should Know’ lunch talks return February 4

02/03/2015 10:36 am

Rockford, Ill. – Rockford University and the Rockford Chamber have continued their partnership to present the People You Should Know (PYSK) Talks. This series, highlighting a collection of weekly talks, features recipients of the Chamber’s People You Should Know Awards.

Starting on Wednesday, February 4 and continuing on various Wednesdays through July 29, a speaker will present on a topic of their choosing. All talks will be held from 12 – 1 p.m., room 122, in the PURI Business School building, Rockford University, 5050 East State Street, Rockford. All talks are free and open to the public. Audience members are welcome to bring their own lunch, or purchase a lunch at the event. Attendees are also invited to ask questions in a short Q&A session at the conclusion of each talk.

Seating is limited to 50 attendees on a first-come first-serve basis. Registration is encouraged, but not required.  To register, go to the Rockford Chamber of Commerce’s website at

Questions can be directed to Michele Mehren at or 815-226-4041.

The schedule of the talks is as follows:

Date Name Company
2/4 Rick Bastian Blackhawk Bank
2/18 Kathy Velasco V2 Marketing Communications
3/4 Karen Brown OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center
3/18 Thomas Muldowney Savant Capital Management
4/1 Daniel Saavedra Saavedra Gelhausen Architects
4/15 Kevin Polky KP Counseling Ltd.
4/29 Sarah Wolf Discovery Center Museum
5/6 Jim Derry Field Fastener
5/20 Caitlin Ludwig Blackhawk Bank
6/3 Matthew Simpson United Way of the Rock River Valley
6/17 Kris Kieper YWCA of Rockford
7/1 Paulina Sihakom PNC Bank
7/15 John Morrissey The Morrissey Family Businesses
7/29 Patrick O’Keefe Transform Rockford